Magazine article Sunset

July: What to Do in Northern California

Magazine article Sunset

July: What to Do in Northern California

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Idea-packed read

With gorgeous photos on nearly every page, Debra Lee Baldwin's Succulent Container Gardens (Timber Press, 2010; $30) celebrates these low-water, easy-care plants and shows endless ways to display them in your yard.

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ROSE CARE Deadhead repeat-flowering roses as the blooms fade; and feed bushes regularly until six weeks before the first frost, or until October in mild-winter areas.

GROW SUMMER SCENTS Try ever-blooming gardenia (G. augusta 'Veitchii'), which wafts sweet perfume all summer long in Sunset climate zones 7-9 and 14-16. Elsewhere, plant vanilla-scented heliotrope as an annual.

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Sow corn early in the month

Set seed 4 inches apart in 4 or more rows. For excellent taste, try Mirai hybrids or 'Honey Select Triplesweet' from Park Seed (parkseed.com or 800/213-0076). Where summers are short, select an early-maturing variety.

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REDUCE FIRE HAZARD Check local laws, but in general, remove debris from roofs and gutters, prune limbs to at least 15 feet from buildings, and maintain at least a 30-foot-wide greenbelt with well-watered, low-growing plants around your home. …

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